Fact Check: Old Video From 2019 Falsely Shared As Anti-Lockdown Protest In Austria

A video of a massive crowd marching on a street has gone viral on social media with a claim that people in Austria are protesting against lockdown in the country. 

On November 15, Austria imposed a severe lockdown for those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and enforced increased police inspection to ensure  compliance. Only those who have been fully vaccinated are being allowed to leave their houses for specific reasons.

The video is being shared on Facebook with the caption, “Austria resisting the new lockdown for the unvaccinated citizens/taxpayers/families/children – Austria’s new government is going backwards in history.” 

Here’s the link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be FALSE. 

Using the InVid tool, we extracted keyframes from the video and performed a Reverse Image Search. During this search, we found that this video has been doing the rounds on social media since at least 2019. Check Facebook posts here and here. This clearly means that this video is not recent and cannot be related to COVID-19 vaccinations in Austria. 

Searching further, we found the same video uploaded on a YouTube Channel on November 29, 2019. The video description can be translated in English to, “Over 6,000 fans attended Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Europa League game against Wolfsberger AC in the Merkur Arena in Graz. Many of them previously took part in the fan march from the city centre to the venue for the game.”

The location on Google Maps ascertains the location seen in the viral video. Similar garlands on the street can be seen in another YouTube video uploaded on November 28, 2019, with the caption, “Gldabch fans in Graz | Wolfsberger AC – Bor. Mönchengladbach 2019.11.28.” 

We could not independently ascertain the location of the video but it is evident from the above information that the video is old and not related to COVID-19 vaccination or lockdown in Austria.


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